Duterte goes for late-night ride days after ‘unbearable’ back pain

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2019 06:05 AM | Updated as of Oct 25 2019 01:12 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Not even back pains can stop President Rodrigo Duterte from riding.

Duterte, who cut short his trip to Japan last Tuesday due to “unbearable” pain in his spine again went for a ride, this time on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at the Malacañang compound for about 10 minutes, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

“That is a 3-wheeled motorcycle so walang kaproble-problema, hindi naman sesemplang 'yun. Sinubukan niya lang,” Panelo said, noting that Friday’s ride was like an “exercise” for the President.

(There is no problem, he won’t fall off it. He only tried it.)

The 74-year-old President was accompanied by his former aide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go during the short ride despite Malacañang’s statement on Wednesday that doctors advised Duterte to rest and take pain relievers for muscle spasms, which supposedly caused his back pains earlier this week.

Doctors, according to the Palace, suggested that Duterte’s back pains were “aggravated” by his motorcycle mishap last week.

Last week, the President fell off his dirt bike after he made a sharp turn at Malacañang compound, landing on his left elbow, according to Go.

Two other versions had Duterte falling off his parked bike as he tried to tie his shoe, and another where he reportedly bumped into an obstruction on his way out of a garage in the compound.

As of Friday, Panelo said President Duterte is already resting in his hometown Davao City and would be back in Manila on Monday for work.